Holy Family University and UIC Barcelona Sign Student and Faculty Exchange Agreement

HFU UIC signing

On May 30, 2018, Holy Family University and International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) signed a memorandum of understanding involving a student and faculty exchange program with the School of Education. The two sides are also exploring a similar agreement for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions.

President Sister Maureen McGarrity, PhD, CSFN; Dr. Nicole Stokes-DuPass, Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Diversity; Dr. Michael Markowitz, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Cynthia Russell, Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions; and Dr. Kevin Zook, Dean of the School of Education, welcomed representatives from UIC Barcelona, Isabel Pera, Director of the International Relations Service and Celia Martínez, Global Partnerships and Staff Mobility Manager to our campus.

"Holy Family's agreement with UIC Barcelona will be extremely beneficial for both institutions, allowing for faculty collaborations, professional development and, eventually, student exchanges,” Markowitz said. “This latter benefit will be of particular value to our Nursing students, providing a learning experience in a culture other than our own and expanding their understanding of the global nature of health care and patient needs."

The International University of Catalonia (UIC Barcelona) was founded in 1997 with the goal of offering a quality university education and promoting research to serve society. Linked to the business world and with a marked international character, UIC Barcelona has 16 degrees, 12 double degrees, and more than 80 postgraduate programs between its the two campuses in Barcelona and Sant Cugat.

“We are very excited about this partnership between Holy Family University and UIC Barcelona,” Stokes-DuPass said. “This university partner has wonderful symmetry with Holy Family University in terms of academic offerings, institutional mission, and core values. It is our goal to continue to expand the reach of Holy Family University and to offer our students and faculty greater opportunities for internationalization and collaborative research opportunities. We look forward to having a fruitful exchange among our respective faculty and our students.”